Kenneth Hite Archive

  • The Dracula Dossier: Director’s Handbook This massive hardcover clocks in at 372 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page inside of front cover, 2 pages of editorial/backer-lists, 4 pages detailed ToC, 1 page inside of back cover, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 362 (!!!) pages of raw content, so let’s take a look!   This book was moved up in my review-queue due to me receiving a print copy in exchange for a critical, unbiased review.   So, what is this book? Well, first of all, this is the companion tome to the Dracula Unredacted-tome, which is perhaps the most detailed, massive handout ever crafted for a roleplaying game. I’d like to urge you to read my review […]

    The Dracula Dossier: Director’s Handbook

    The Dracula Dossier: Director’s Handbook This massive hardcover clocks in at 372 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page inside of front cover, 2 pages of editorial/backer-lists, 4 pages detailed ToC, 1 page inside of back cover, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 362 (!!!) pages of raw content, so let’s take a look!   This book was moved up in my review-queue due to me receiving a print copy in exchange for a critical, unbiased review.   So, what is this book? Well, first of all, this is the companion tome to the Dracula Unredacted-tome, which is perhaps the most detailed, massive handout ever crafted for a roleplaying game. I’d like to urge you to read my review […]

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  • Review/Miscellaneous Musings: The Dracula Dossier – Dracula Unredacted (System-neutral/GUMSHOE) This massive hardcover clocks in at 476 pages (489 in pdf form, with cover etc. being counted among the pages), so let’s take a look!   This book was moved up in my review-queue due to me receiving a print copy in exchange for a fair and unbiased review.   In a nut-shell, this is a twist of the original Dracula-novel as penned by Bram Stoker, with annotations. “I don’t need to read that, I know Dracula’s story already!” – I can see this impulse in at least some readers out there. You’d be wrong, for the text actually has been expanded by roughly 1/5 – 1/4 of its size, with […]

    Review/Miscellaneous Musings: The Dracula Dossier – Dracula Unredacted (System-neutral/GUMSHOE)

    Review/Miscellaneous Musings: The Dracula Dossier – Dracula Unredacted (System-neutral/GUMSHOE) This massive hardcover clocks in at 476 pages (489 in pdf form, with cover etc. being counted among the pages), so let’s take a look!   This book was moved up in my review-queue due to me receiving a print copy in exchange for a fair and unbiased review.   In a nut-shell, this is a twist of the original Dracula-novel as penned by Bram Stoker, with annotations. “I don’t need to read that, I know Dracula’s story already!” – I can see this impulse in at least some readers out there. You’d be wrong, for the text actually has been expanded by roughly 1/5 – 1/4 of its size, with […]

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  • Night’s Black Agents: The Zalozhniy Quartet (GUMSHOE) This epic 4-part mega-adventure/campaign for Night’s Black Agents clocks in at 148 pages, 2 pages of editorial, 3 pages of ToC, leaving us with 143 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This was moved up on my review-queue due to me receiving a print copy for the purposes of a critical and honest review.   All right, so this would be the first *big* Night’s Black Agents-campaign released – and it ultimately is a release we needed. Why? Because NBA changes quite a significant amount of assumptions when compared to the more horror-centric iterations of the GUMSHOE-system, like the inspiring Esoterrorists. While I have A LOT of shadowrun-experience under my […]

    Night’s Black Agents: The Zalozhniy Quartet (GUMSHOE)

    Night’s Black Agents: The Zalozhniy Quartet (GUMSHOE) This epic 4-part mega-adventure/campaign for Night’s Black Agents clocks in at 148 pages, 2 pages of editorial, 3 pages of ToC, leaving us with 143 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This was moved up on my review-queue due to me receiving a print copy for the purposes of a critical and honest review.   All right, so this would be the first *big* Night’s Black Agents-campaign released – and it ultimately is a release we needed. Why? Because NBA changes quite a significant amount of assumptions when compared to the more horror-centric iterations of the GUMSHOE-system, like the inspiring Esoterrorists. While I have A LOT of shadowrun-experience under my […]

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  • Night’s Black Agents: Double Tap (GUMSHOE) This massive expansion book for Night’s Black Agents clocks in at 134 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page inside of front cover, 2 pages of editorial, 3 pages of ToC, leaving us with 123 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This review was moved up forward in my reviewing queue due to me receiving a print copy in exchange for an honest and critical review.   All right, so, if you recall my original review of Night’s black Agents, you’ll recall that I have received said book as a gift from a friend of mine and how much I loved it – however, there always remained one particular observation that […]

    Night’s Black Agents: Double Tap (GUMSHOE)

    Night’s Black Agents: Double Tap (GUMSHOE) This massive expansion book for Night’s Black Agents clocks in at 134 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page inside of front cover, 2 pages of editorial, 3 pages of ToC, leaving us with 123 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This review was moved up forward in my reviewing queue due to me receiving a print copy in exchange for an honest and critical review.   All right, so, if you recall my original review of Night’s black Agents, you’ll recall that I have received said book as a gift from a friend of mine and how much I loved it – however, there always remained one particular observation that […]

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  • Night’s Black Agents (GUMSHOE) Night’s Black Agents, as a hardcover, is a massive 232 page-book, with 2 pages of editorial, 3 pages of ToC, which leaves us with 227 pages of content – so let’s take a look!   Wait for a second – before we do: Yes, this means I’m branching out into GUMSHOE, at least occasionally. Why? Well, I actually got Night’s Black Agents as a present from a friend of mine (thanks, Paco!) and had been playing with it for quite some time. Before I get into the nit and grit, let’s start with a brief discussion of GUMSHOE, the engine of this RPG.   The system you’re probably most likely to know the engine from would […]

    Night’s Black Agents (GUMSHOE)

    Night’s Black Agents (GUMSHOE) Night’s Black Agents, as a hardcover, is a massive 232 page-book, with 2 pages of editorial, 3 pages of ToC, which leaves us with 227 pages of content – so let’s take a look!   Wait for a second – before we do: Yes, this means I’m branching out into GUMSHOE, at least occasionally. Why? Well, I actually got Night’s Black Agents as a present from a friend of mine (thanks, Paco!) and had been playing with it for quite some time. Before I get into the nit and grit, let’s start with a brief discussion of GUMSHOE, the engine of this RPG.   The system you’re probably most likely to know the engine from would […]

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  • 13th Age Bestiary (13th Age) This massive book clocks in at 240 pages. I have received the color hardcover version of this book for the purpose of providing an unbiased, critical review.   A task that has been harder than I thought at first. Why? Because it’s a “first bestiary/monster manual”-type of book. I mean, come on, how many ways can you say: “This book contains orcs, ogres, etc.” To me, as a reviewer, there is NOTHING more boring than the first bestiary, ESPECIALLY since the advent of 3.X.   Let me ramble for a second: When I began playing, bestiaries were actually that – they were fashioned after the medieval catalogues of fantastic creatures and thus provides stats, yes, […]

    13th Age Bestiary (13th Age)

    13th Age Bestiary (13th Age) This massive book clocks in at 240 pages. I have received the color hardcover version of this book for the purpose of providing an unbiased, critical review.   A task that has been harder than I thought at first. Why? Because it’s a “first bestiary/monster manual”-type of book. I mean, come on, how many ways can you say: “This book contains orcs, ogres, etc.” To me, as a reviewer, there is NOTHING more boring than the first bestiary, ESPECIALLY since the advent of 3.X.   Let me ramble for a second: When I began playing, bestiaries were actually that – they were fashioned after the medieval catalogues of fantastic creatures and thus provides stats, yes, […]

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